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WC BCC Meeting 7-9-14

A lot near the Bay was being offered to the county for sale, but the staff made a recommendation to not buy. At Padgett Park, the policy allows renters to use the community room until 10pm. Staff asked to change it to 5:30pm due to problems. Commissioner Meadows said they have had to call the sheriff out as alcohol is ...

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WC BCC Special Meeting / Parking Needs Assessment

What are the parking needs for southern Walton County. The Walton Commissioners met in their second special meeting to discuss the area near Grayton Beach, along western 30A and 98 and to the intersection with CR 393. The discussion included the area around the state park. The commissioners had an overflowing crowd at the meeting Tuesday afternoon. The engineer talked ...

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WCSB Budget Workshop 7-7-14

Walton School District Chief Financial Officer Mary Hobbs has taken vacation until the end of July and is considering resigning or retiring. This according to Superintendent Carlene Anderson as the first budget workshop started. She said Hobbs notified the district last week. They have already posted an advertisement and over the next few weeks will be looking for someone qualified. ...

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WCSO Make More Arrests in Connection to “Operation Avalanche”

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau and Patrol Bureau can add four more arrests to “Operation Avalanche.” Two individuals were arrested yesterday at a meth lab in Choctaw Beach. Glen Mel Hunter, 44, of Eastern Street, Freeport, was arrested for drug production, trafficking in methamphetamine, narcotic equipment possession and conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine.  Hunter procured and delivered red ...

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Local Author Wins Award

Local author and long-time DeFuniak Springs resident F. Diane Pickett now has an award-winning Southern saga under her wide-brimmed hat! Her first book, Never Isn’t Long Enough, recently won top prize in the Regional Fiction Category of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards. President and CEO Ellen Reid shares that “Never Isn’t Long Enough truly embodies the excellence that this ...

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RHD Burglarized

Summer crimes are heating up. According to the DeFuniak Springs Police, several vehicles have been broken into and now a non-profit that works with local residents has been robbed. Officers with the DeFuniak Springs Police are investigating a burglary that occurred at the Resources for Human Development (RHD) sometime between 5:30 PM Tuesday night and 8 AM Wednesday morning. Employees ...

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WCSB Meeting 7-1-14

Forest View is the 33.75 acres east of Emerald Coast Middle the district has talked about putting a new school on. This is land that the Walton Commissioners might buy next to it for a sports complex. The Board agreed to buy the parcel for $3.175 million and one third of the cost of a roadway not to exceed $400,000. ...

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WCSB Meeting Question About Fund Balance

As the Walton County School Board meeting started, the Walton County Taxpayer’s Association’s Bob Hudson had several questions. Hudson asked for the timeline of discovery of the budget shortfall. He said it appears the fund balance went down quickly and asked when the Board became aware of the drop to 2.2%. Sharon Roberts said she met with the Superintendent on ...

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Heat Warning

Tuesday afternoon a worker in Mossy Head had to get medical attention after he began turning red and suffering from apparent heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Walton County EMS was called to assist. With the increasing heat and the humidity remaining high, anyone outside needs to take precautions to keep from have a heat related problem. The DeFuniak Springs Police ...

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